Peter Wyman, the accountant who helped shepherd the profession through the
Enron scandal, retired yesterday firm Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Wyman served as special adviser on taxation and deregulation to the
under-secretary of state for corporate affairs between 1993-94, a member of the
Deregulation Task Force between 1994 – 97 and external overseer of the Inland
Revenue/Contributions Agency Joint Working Programme between 1995 – 98.
He was also President of the ICAEW during the aftermath of the Enron scandal
between 2002-03 and was a member of numerous other committees and working
parties, including chairman of the Professional Standards Office (1999-2000) and
Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council.
He received the 2006 Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Award for
Outstanding Achievement, the profession’s highest award, and was also awarded a
CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the accountancy profession.
Ian Powell, PwC UK Chairman and senior partner described Wyman as a “an
extremely influential and well respected figure”
“In the aftermath of the Enron/Andersen collapse Peter’s leadership of the
profession as ICAEW president was outstanding and stands apart,” he said.
“The audit profession remains the subject of significant scrutiny and we will
be building on Peter’s legacy of communicating openly and honestly about the
value that the profession brings to the economy and society more broadly.”
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